Fiat Panda scores zero stars in latest Euro NCAP safety tests

Fiat Panda scores zero stars in latest Euro NCAP safety tests

The biggest complaint is that the popular off-roader is lacking active and passive safety systems like automatic emergency braking, lane-keeping assist, and blind-spot monitoring systems-with the only features now available being a primitive seatbelt reminder.

In the full-width crash test, the rear passenger protection was rated as poor - the lowest rating - while driver chest protection was marginal.

It also advised that the Wrangler will get autonomous emergency braking (AEB) and other safety features such as blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-path detection, parking sensors and a rear-view camera in markets such as Australia where it is due to go into showrooms next year.

It scored 50 percent for adult occupant safety, 69 percent for child occupant safety, 49 percent for vulnerable road user safety and 32 percent for its safety assistance equipment.

In other tests, the new Audi Q3, BMW X5, Hyundai Santa Fe, Jaguar I-Pace and Peugeot 508 were all awarded five star ratings along with the Volvo V60 and S60.

"These shocking Euro NCAP test results demonstrate an inconsistent commitment to safety", says Matthew Avery, director of research at Thatcham Research.

Even the models scoring five stars were not flawless as for instance the Hyundai Santa Fe had an issue with side curtain airbags and could not be torn while the BMW X5 failed to deploy knee airbag correctly. For those wanting an even deeper dive, check out Euro NCAP's full testing results here.

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The Panda also scored zero points in the frontal and lateral impact tests for 6- and 10-year old children, with weak chest protection for older kids in the frontal impact test and poor head and neck protection across the board.

The Wrangler safety rating calls into question the safety standards for the upcoming Jeep Gladiator pick-up that is based on a stretched version of the rigid Wrangler chassis.

It is only the second auto ever to handed a zero-star Euro NCAP rating, with the other vehicle being the Fiat Punto 2017.

While the Panda originally received 80 per cent for adult protection, the latest test rated it at 45 per cent.

Euro NCAP says the "ageing" Panda, which it last tested in 2011, has now been "comprehensively overtaken by rival superminis in the race for safety".

It draws parallels to the two-star score achieved by the Ford Mustang in early 2017, which scored poorly in the area of rear occupant protection.

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